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Billy Vaughn: Golden Memories Of (2-CD)

​JASMINE - 60 tracks

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  • Interpret: Billy Vaughn

  • Album titlle: Golden Memories Of (2-CD)

  • Label JASMINE

  • Price code JAS
  • Genre Pop

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0604988021523

  • weight in Kg 0.12
Vaughn, Billy - Golden Memories Of (2-CD) CD 1
01 Song Of India Billy Vaughn
02 At The Woodchopper's Ball Billy Vaughn
03 The Chipmunk Song Billy Vaughn
04 Peter Gunn Billy Vaughn
05 Oh Billy Vaughn
06 Topsy II Billy Vaughn
07 One O'Clock Jump Billy Vaughn
08 Hernando's Hideaway Billy Vaughn
09 Summit Ridge Drive Billy Vaughn
10 12th Street Rag Billy Vaughn
11 Tequila Billy Vaughn
12 Patricia Billy Vaughn
13 Sentimental Me Billy Vaughn
14 Near You Billy Vaughn
15 Tennessee Waltz Billy Vaughn
16 Breeze (Blow My Baby Back To Me) Billy Vaughn
17 I Almost Lost My Mind Billy Vaughn
18 Indian Summer Billy Vaughn
19 Little Dutch Mill Billy Vaughn
20 Wabash Blues Billy Vaughn
21 Elmer's Tune Billy Vaughn
22 Auf Wiederseh'n My Dear Billy Vaughn
23 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You Billy Vaughn
24 You Belong To My Heart Billy Vaughn
25 Theme From A Summer Place"" Billy Vaughn
26 Tammy Billy Vaughn
27 Tracy's Theme Billy Vaughn
28 Climb Every Mountain Billy Vaughn
29 Que Sera Sera Billy Vaughn
30 The Terry Theme From Limelight"" Billy Vaughn
Vaughn, Billy - Golden Memories Of (2-CD) CD 2
01 True Love Billy Vaughn
02 The Sound Of Music Billy Vaughn
03 The Threepenny Opera Billy Vaughn
04 Some Enchanted Evening Billy Vaughn
05 All The Way Billy Vaughn
06 Sayonara Billy Vaughn
07 Look For A Star Billy Vaughn
08 Snowfall Billy Vaughn
09 Mona Lisa Billy Vaughn
10 Paper Roses Billy Vaughn
11 Greenfields Billy Vaughn
12 Beyond The Sunset Billy Vaughn
13 Because They're Young Billy Vaughn
14 He'll Have To Go Billy Vaughn
15 Them From The Apartment"" Billy Vaughn
16 La Montana Billy Vaughn
17 Just A Closer Walk With Thee Billy Vaughn
18 Marta Billy Vaughn
19 Theme From The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs" Billy Vaughn
20 O Sole Mio Billy Vaughn
21 Never On Sunday Billy Vaughn
22 Old Cape Cod Billy Vaughn
23 Theme From The Alamo (The Green Leaves Of Su" Billy Vaughn
24 The Church's One Foundation Billy Vaughn
25 Theme From Mr. Lucky"" Billy Vaughn
26 Theme From Somebody's Fool"" Billy Vaughn
27 Walk Don't Run Billy Vaughn
28 Remember When Billy Vaughn
29 Volare Billy Vaughn
30 Love Is A Many Splendored Thing Billy Vaughn
Billy Vaughn A friend of mine, who kept himself busy some forty years ago playing records... more
"Billy Vaughn"

Billy Vaughn

A friend of mine, who kept himself busy some forty years ago playing records at innumerable high school dances, or 'sock hops' as they were often referred to back in the 1950s, smiled with nostalgic pleasure recently at the mention of Billy Vaughn. "Back then, you couldn't have a dance without a pile of Billy Vaughn records,"  he recalled. "His music was so smooth, so pleasant, and so easy to dance to."  The Billy Vaughn Orchestra was a direct descendant of such great sweet bands of the 1930s and 1940s as those led by Guy Lombardo and Jan Garber, but with a twist. By ingeniously combining timeless romantic melodies with a subtle rock and roll beat, Vaughn hit upon a magic formula that bridged the generation gap and brought his music unprecedented crossover success. It was a distinctive sound, unlike any other in popular music. After the first few notes of those familiar twin alto saxophones playing in harmony, you knew instantly whose band this was and what lay ahead.

He was born Richard Smith Vaughn in a modest house on Columbia Avenue in Glasgow, Kentucky on April 12, 1919. His mother, Sally McWherter, nicknamed the infant Billy, and it stuck for the rest of his life. His father, Alvis Radford Vaughn, was a barber by trade, but he also harbored a great love of music. "My Dad was a fine country fiddle player and most of us were able to pick up some type of instrument and play with him. There were many enjoyable evenings,"  Vaughn later remembered. His sisters Inez, Grace, and Charlotte all demonstrated a degree of natural ability, but it was Billy who turned out to be something of a child prodigy.

When he was only three, and confined to a crib with the measles, young Billy began picking out notes on a ukelele. He progressed to the mandolin, though eventually veered away from the stringed instruments which his tiny fingers made difficult to play. When his sisters began piano lessons, Billy would clamber onto the bench as soon as they'd finished to try and replicate what he had heard. His mother later recalled that when the rest of the family would go to see the circus, Billy preferred to stay at home and play music. "Nobody ever encouraged him in music, but he followed his dream. I believe people are gifted at certain things, and for him it was music,"  she explained. The youngster soon gained a degree of proficiency on a wide variety of instruments, and was practically entirely self-taught on each of them. His favorite instrument was the saxophone.

Vaughn decided early that he wanted to make music his career, but his father preferred him to opt for the relative security of the family business, a barbershop in Glasgow. Billy attended barbering school in Louisville, and later a beautician's school in Bowling Green. For a while he worked in the barbershop by day while writing music at night, and later recalled that he found this situation so frustrating that it prompted the beginnings of an ulcer. On a brighter note, his obvious talent and perfect pitch soon earned him a musical  scholarship to Western Kentucky State. 

While attending college, Vaughn also served as a member of the 123rd Cavalry Mounted Band of the National Guard. He was in the 149th Infantry band of the U.S. Army in December of 1941 when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States was dragged into World War II. "I met him in 1941, before Pearl Harbor,"  recalled the bandleader's wife in a recent interview.  "He was stationed in Camp Shelby, Mississippi. That's in Hattiesburg. I lived in a patriotic little town called Hazlehurst, and we invited 100 soldiers over from the Camp for a weekend, staying in people's homes and eating home cooking. We had a dance on Saturday night, and we all went to church on Sunday morning. That's how I met Billy, at the dance. He was in the orchestra."  Vaughn is universally remembered by acquaintances today as a terribly shy man, but he fell hard for young Marion Smith, who he nicknamed 'Smitty'. He even sold one of his instruments, a saxophone, to help finance the courtship. "We started corresponding, and he would come up and visit,"  remembers Smitty.  "In two years we were married, in 1943." Their long and happy union produced three children: a daughter named Zona, Richard, Jr., and Al.

Vaughn proved a distracted soldier at best. His mind was always on music. Billy was even known to roll a portable keyboard into the latrine while on KP duty, and work on his latest compositions there!

from booklet BCD15970 - Billy Vaughn Sail Along Silvery Moon (6-CD)
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